Heres the early forecast out of Philadelphia: less yakking.
In a report at The 700 Level blog about the Eagles full-squad organized team activities, the indication was that the players will head into 2012 feeling that they botched their approach to last season. As Eagles safety Kurt Coleman said:
Last year, I think we wanted to take things for granted because we did have a talented team, and we just didnt always put it together and I think we lost our edge as far as getting aggressive, going out there and working for everything; this year, were not going to talk, were just going to out there and work hard, and Im loving it; I love what were about, I love our attitude every time we approach this field.
So dont expect any dream team talk this year.
The same theme was sounded by running back LeSean McCoy (via ESPN.com): We learned a lot. I think it humbled us. With all the big-time players that we have, we really have to check ourselves and go into the season to prove ourselves.
"I really think all of the hype is out the window, and it's a new year. I think there's a lot of pressure for us as players. We have to make sure we do the right things."
And from wide receiver Jason Avant: Nobody cares if you're the Eagles -- your talent, your roster, your quarterback, your receivers. You've got to go out and work hard. And that's it."
So the brash Eagles are sounding humble. Of course, after an 8-8 season, they have a lot to be humble about.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was featured Sunday in a 60 Minutes story about a financial adviser who convinced dozens of NFL players in 2008 to invest in a company that ended up quickly failing.
Jeff Rubin, a financial adviser registered at the time by the NFL Players Association, convinced the players to invest in a new entertainment and gambling development in Alabama called Country Crossing. The draw was electronic Bingo, which Rubin said would make the players a ton of money. Davis made an initial investment of half a million dollars in the venture.
He told 60 Minutes' Armen Keteyian how easy it was to buy in to the picture Rubin painted.
"It was beautiful," Davis said. "It was a painting I’d never seen before. It was fantastic."
The only problem with the whole thing was that electronic Bingo would turn out to be illegal in Alabama, unbeknownst to the players. Two weeks after Country Crossing opened, it was raided by police, and it eventually tanked, losing the players a total of $43 million.
Rubin owned 4 percent of Country Crossing, and 60 Minutes got a hold of documents showing he funneled 10 percent of the money he got from the NFL players into his personal corporation.
Davis said the whole situation was a "nightmare," but he doesn't blame Rubin for his losses.
"I take most of the blame, and I think as athletes and players in this union, in the NFL, I think we should take the blame because we can change it," Davis said. "We just gotta wake up."
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DETROIT—The Redskins not only have to deal with a tough loss to the Lions, they face the possibility of playing without two of their best players, one on each side of the ball.
Cornerback Josh Norman left the game in the third quarter. He tried to make a play on a long pass to Marvin Jones and as he lunged he appeared to hit his head on the artificial turf. He lay on the field for a few minutes before being helped directly to the locker room area. It was later announced that he has sustained a concussion. He will automatically enter the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Then on the next to last play of the game Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams went down with what he later said is a hyperextended left knee. He also was on the field for a few minutes before being helped off and being assisted into the locker room.
He spoke to reporters before leaving and said that he would get an MRI on Monday and he would know more then. Williams was very noticeably favoring his left leg as he limped out of the locker room towards the team bus.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game for a while late in the second quarter with what Jay Gruden said was an AC joint sprain on his shoulder. He returned to the game after halftime and in the locker room he didn’t have a wrap or a sling.